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EDINBURGH is a urban of monuments. Sovereigns, statesmen, warriors, poets, and philosophers are all honored with befitting honours. The monuments are of each classification, from the lofty Gothic spire right down to the easy tablet.

The monument to Sir Walter Scott, in Princes highway, claims a primary detect. it's the chef-d'oeuvre of Scottish memorial paintings; in splendor of development it hasn't ever been excelled. Sir Walter Scott died at the twenty first September, 1832. at the twenty fourth day of an identical month a round letter was once issued convening a gathering on the rooms of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, to think about the easiest technique of definitely commemorating the illustrious departed. At this assembly a committee used to be appointed to rearrange a basic assembly of the electorate for extra maturely contemplating the plan of action. This normal assembly was once hung on the fifth October, lower than the presidency of the Lord Provost, and a answer in favour of a countrywide monument to Sir Walter was once moved through the Duke of Buccleuch, and seconded by way of the Earl of Eosebery. Sir John Forbes, Bart., then introduced that he was once advised by way of the financial institution of Scotland, and different banks in Edinburgh, collectors of the deceased baronet, to subscribe £500 "in token in their appreciation of the honourable emotions which brought on him, after his embarrass-

ments in 1826, to devote his abilities through the rest of his existence in insuring the entire funds of his debts."

Differences arose as to the nature of the monument. An auxiliary committee shaped in London dedicated their subscriptions of £10,000 to liquidate the debt at the library and museum at Abbotsford; and committees shaped at Glasgow, Selkirk, and Perth resolved to acceptable their money in rearing memorial statues of Sir Walter of their numerous localities.

In November, 1833, the unique Edinburgh committee had gathered £5,534, a sum enough to insure the development of a considerable monument. It was once now resolved to planned in regards to the web site. one of the websites recommended have been the following:—The area within the garden industry, bounded at the east via St. Giles' Church; the west finish of Princes highway, contrary to St. John's Church; the foot of St. David road, close to Queen highway Gardens; the open house at Picardy position, head of Leith stroll; the rocky perspective on the northeast nook of the Calton Hill; Charlotte sq., on the west finish of George highway; the centre of Moray position; and Eandolph Crescent.

The committee, postponing their choice at the query of a website, marketed in thirty-two newspapers, soliciting for that designs may be despatched to the secretary earlier than the 1st day of September, 1836. Fifty-five designs have been provided. For the simplest 3 the committee adjudged prizes of 50 guineas. one of many prize designs bore the signature " John Morvo," the identify of a recognized grasp mason, venerated via an inscription in Melrose Abbey. It used to be assumed via George Meikle Kemp, writer of the drawing, then a operating joiner. Kemp had studied the peculiarities of Gothic structure in numerous elements of the dominion, and latterly further to his scanty emoluments via making architectural drawings. The committee, disillusioned with all of the designs obtained, together with these to which that they had assigned prizes because the most sensible, marketed a moment time. between those that joined within the new pageant have been Sir W T illiam Allan, David Roberts, E.A., and William H. Playfair, the well known architect. Kemp lodged an improved

drawing of his unique layout. It represented an elaborately adorned Gothic tower, and was once followed through a majority of twenty-one to 10 at a gathering of the final committee, held at Edinburgh at the sixth April, 1838. even as Mr. John Steell, the celebrated sculptor, used to be commissioned to organize a marble statue of Sir Walter Scott, to be positioned lower than the lofty cover of the basement arch. the positioning used to be finally fastened in Princes road, on the foot of South

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